You may be trying to lose weight and get into shape but there are some things that may be holding you back. Of course your family and friends want you to succeed with your weight loss goals but there are some things that you may not even realize are happening that could be slowing you down in your weight loss efforts. Let’s consider the following:
Your Relationship – It has been known that once you have settled down with your significant other that you both become very comfortable. There is no longer a reason to impress someone to get them to go out with you. You have that permanent person in your life so you slack off in your eating and exercise habits. You can fix this problem by getting your significant other to join you in your fitness journey. If your spouse won’t workout with you, at least make a compromise by limiting the amount of junk food in the house.
Your Children – Kids are notorious for wanting sugary snacks and if you have been used to giving it to them, your home may be full of sugary cereals or “kid food” like pizza rolls, chicken nuggets, and artificial fruit drinks. These items are just as easy for you to eat as it is for them. Get rid of the junk and start limiting your children’s sugary treat intake. It will work out well for everyone in the home.
Your Friends – Many of your friends may want you to go out to eat after work or on the weekends. That may mean social drinking and eating a lot of fatty, high-calorie foods (appetizers, burgers, fries, pizza, etc.) You don’t want to stop hanging out with your friends but at least tell them that you can’t consume those kinds of foods with them. It may even help to eat your healthy meal before hanging out so that you’re less tempted to indulge out of hunger.
It helps to be aware of those around you. They are not purposely trying to hold you back but you may find yourself following their habits more often than not. Make some healthy changes and plan ahead to stay focused and meet your weight loss goals.